Receiving feedback from trained musicians, in addition to a student’s teacher, is a valuable and necessary part of the music education experience. Although the following opportunities are not required of Academy students, we understand their worth and encourage students to participate.
NFMC music festival
The National Federation of Music Clubs through its annual national Festivals provide students of all ages with opportunities and encouragement for musical growth. Entrants do not compete against each other but are rated on individual merits. The Festivals are ideal for musicians at any level of advancement. Events include opportunities for Piano, Guitar, Voice, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion students. Many Academy students also choose to participate in the Festival Theory and Composition events. Academy students participate in Festival at either CPCC or Queens University. Charlotte Academy of Music students have earned Superior ratings in the highest levels of the Festival and went on to play at the state level and honors recital.
NCMTA piano contest
The North Carolina Music Teachers Association Piano Contest is designed to provide students and teachers with a means of receiving constructive criticism by competent judges. Students learn three pieces from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Students who receive a Superior at the District level advance to State. Those receiving a Superior at State qualify to enter NMTA. The next progression is State NMTA, Regionals and finally the National Competition.
royal conservatory music development program
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. The Music Development Program inspires excellence through individual student assessments and allows students to celebrate accomplishment and track their progress with others across the country.
Many of the Academy piano teachers hold memberships with the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum. As members these teachers’ students are eligible to participate in the annual CPTF Auditions. Areas of adjudication include repertoire and theory. The Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Auditions are held at Queens University.
piano artistry juries
Students enrolled in the Piano Artistry and Jr. Piano Artistry programs at the Academy perform in jury assessments given by other Artistry teachers. These assessment assure progress in technical skills, sight reading and performance.
beethoven composition event (charlotte music teachers association)
This event encourages young composers by providing evaluation and a venue in which to perform their compositions. Students in grades K-12 are eligible to participate.